Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Place the whole unpeeled bananas right into the freezer. Freeze them, peel and all. Now when you want to use a banana in a smoothie, take a frozen banana out of the freezer, and run the banana under hot tap water for a few seconds. You will see the skin change from frosty to defrosty. It might peel off, or more likely, if you use a knife, you can separate the skin from the frozen banana.
While peeling the banana, you will likely experience the skin shredding off the banana instead of peeling off nicely. You will see long strands of fiber cling to the banana. Those strands of fiber are fine. Take that fairly-well-peeled banana, even if it has a few odd strands on it, and cut it on a cutting board into blend-sized pieces.
I've found this to be a great way to use up bananas without having to do too much work. The flavor is excellent, and you'll love the simplicity.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Just a quick comment here. If you are willing to use a very "not-organic" ingredient, one way to really crank up the flavor intensity of a smoothie is to squirt in a little bit of Mio or some other concentrated drink flavoring into it. Just be careful on how much you use, or it can quickly overpower the natural flavors of the fruit.